Start 'Em & Sit 'Em is the ultimate look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they'll affect your fantasy football team. Sleeper alert features an under-the-radar player who could produce good numbers. Owners beware features a regular fantasy starter who could fail to meet expectations based on the strength of his opponent. Obvious fantasy starters like Aaron Rodgers and Adrian Peterson will not be featured. For your final lineup decisions, check our lineup rankings.
Start of the week
Nick Foles vs. Detroit Lions: Foles has scored no fewer than 22.62 fantasy points in each of his last four contests, making him one of the hottest quarterbacks in the land. Adding to his value is a matchup against the Lions, who have fielded one of the most vulnerable defenses against quarterbacks based on fantasy points since Week 10. (Maximum value: High QB1)
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Matthew Stafford at Philadelphia Eagles: One of the top fantasy quarterbacks of the 2013 season, Stafford has recorded 18-plus fantasy points in six of his last seven contests. This week he'll face Foles and the Eagles, who have surrendered an average of over 18 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks over the last four weeks. (Maximum value: Mid QB1)
Robert Griffin III vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Griffin has done well for fantasy fans, scoring a combined 77.1 points over the last four weeks. His success should continue against the Chiefs, who have given up nine touchdown passes and more fantasy points (24.8 PPG) to opposing quarterbacks than any other team in the league since Week 10. (Maximum value: Mid QB1)
Ryan Fitzpatrick at Denver Broncos: Over the last four weeks, only two quarterbacks (Peyton Manning, Cam Newton) have scored more fantasy points than the Amish Rifle (no, that is not a misprint). He is worth a look this week against the Broncos, who have surrendered over 20 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks since Week 10. (Maximum value: Low QB1)
Sleeper alert - Josh McCown vs. Dallas Cowboys (Mon.): McCown will now be under center for the Bears, not Jay Cutler (ankle), and he has a fantastic matchup on "Monday Night Football" against the Cowboys -- their defense has surrendered the second-most fantasy points (20.4 PPG) to quarterbacks during the course of the 2013 season. (Maximum value: Mid QB1)
Sit of the week
Andrew Luck at Cincinnati Bengals: Luck has failed to throw multiple touchdowns in each of his last four games, including a Week 12 start against the Titans when he was held without a scoring strike. The Bengals have surrendered the second-fewest fantasy points (9.2 PPG) to quarterbacks at home, so Luck is now a major fantasy risk. (Maximum value: Low QB1)
Colin Kaepernick vs. Seattle Seahawks: Kaepernick has put up two solid games in a row, but can he keep his hot streak going against the Seahawks? That will be a tough task, as Seattle has allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points (12.7 PPG) to quarterbacks on the road. Kaepernick also struggled against them (5.8 points) back in Week 2. (Maximum value: Low QB1)
Ben Roethlisberger vs. Miami Dolphins:Big Ben has been a big fantasy asset lately, scoring a combined 77.8 fantasy points over the last four weeks. Unfortunately, a matchup against the Dolphins is anything but favorable. In fact, their defense has surrendered the third-fewest fantasy points (12.3 PPG) to opposing quarterbacks in 2013. (Maximum value: High QB2)
Eli Manning at San Diego Chargers: This is a good matchup on paper, as the Chargers have given up the sixth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. However, can you really trust someone who has failed to exploit favorable opponents all season? Not now, and not in the fantasy postseason. Manning is just too much of a risk to start. (Maximum value: Mid QB2)
Owners beware - Tony Romo at Chicago Bears (Mon.): Romo has been a massive disappointment in the stat sheets recently, averaging just 12.5 fantasy points in his last three games. He faces a tough matchup on Monday night against the Bears, who have surrendered an average of just 13.2 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks over the last four weeks. (Maximum value: Low QB1)
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